Barriers to learning

Barriers to learning

This section is about how to embed equality and diversity within learning and skills policy and therefore increase access to learning and skills for those traditionally under represented.

UNISON wins WEA award for learning work


UNISON has been recognised by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) as its National Strategic Partner of the year. The award marks “the degree to which a strategic partnership has enabled WEA to raise profile, influence the sector and raise educational aspirations...

Is Maths a barrier to participation in society?

Does this question sound peculiar to you? Actually, all one has to do to answer this is to step foot into one of the many Work Clubs created in partnership with our ULF/GMB learning project and Job Centre Plus. Here we regularly see new people attending who feel strongly...

Implementing an inclusive approach to apprenticeship support

Case study

When Usdaw union learning rep (ULR) coordinator Sean Dixon found out that one of his learners was struggling with some aspects of his IT apprenticeship, he stepped in to see how he could help.  Sean runs The Learning Zone at the Argos Castleford Distribution Centre...

Get involved with the North’s Big Learn this autumn


Workplaces are being encouraged to sign up to The Big Learn project. The Big Learn is offering free online courses and is aiming to have 50,000 learners over the next 5 months, with everything being completed by April 2018. The courses are practical and can help people...

Opening doors to all: How union learning tackles disadvantage


Union-led learning is inclusive, by definition. We open our doors without discrimination, including to non-members. This booklet showcases many of the ways in which we dismantle the barriers faced by disadvantaged learners, and help them – and the organisations they work...